In our sustainability strategy, we outline the decisive steps we are taking to deliver What’s next in sustainability, in alignment with the broad environmental, social and governance (ESG) interests of our key stakeholders.
LeasePlan operates in an industry at the crossroads of a rapid and far-reaching transformation. Automotive manufacturers are responding to the challenges of the Paris Agreement and to ever-greater demands for safer, more efficient and cleaner vehicles, while national and local authorities look to enhance mobility, reduce congestion levels and harmful pollutants.
In our sustainability strategy, we outline the decisive steps we are taking to deliver What’s next in sustainability, in alignment with the broad ESG interests of our key stakeholders. Our commitment to sustainability is not an optional add-on to our current business activities but a vital enabler of our overall strategy towards all stakeholder groups.
Central to this strategy is the role we are playing in the transition from internal combustion engines to alternative powertrains in support of the Paris Agreement and the climate-related Sustainable Development Goals. Our commitment is to achieve net zero emissions from our total fleet by 2030 by facilitating the uptake of low and zero-emission vehicles in our customers’ fleets. We are also transitioning LeasePlan’s own employee fleet to an electric vehicle (EV) fleet by 2021.
Disclosure and reporting
We are committed to adopting and maintaining best practices across all areas of our non-financial disclosure. We have begun to prepare the groundwork for reporting according to the guidelines of the General Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the future.
In 2018, we took the important first steps towards this goal, including the creation of a materiality matrix based on input from external stakeholders. We also set up structural and central reporting on topics such as carbon footprint, fleet electrification, diversity and talent development. We created a baseline inventory, defined ambition levels and developed action plans, which we are preparing to roll-out to the countries.
These actions will significantly improve the level and depth of our contributions to the Carbon Disclosure Programme (CDP), in which we have participated since 2010.
We have also improved our disclosures to EcoVadis, the sustainability ratings and scorecard company that helps procurement teams monitor CSR and ESG practices in the supply chain.